Crest of the Royal Family
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|Crest of the Royal Family|
Cover of Crest of the Royal Family volume 1 as published by Akita Shoten
(Ōke no Monshō)
|Written by||Chieko Hosokawa|
|Published by||Akita Shoten|
|Original run||1976 – present|
Crest of the Royal Family (王家の紋章 Ōke no Monshō?), is a shōjo manga by Chieko Hosokawa. It has run in the monthly magazine Princess since 1976. In 1991, it received the 36th Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo. As of 2006, the collected volumes had sold 36 million copies in Japan, making it the third best-selling shōjo manga ever. The manga has been adapted into 2 drama CD's released in 1990 by Pony Canyon (reprinted in 2004) and an anime OVA produced by Toei Animation.
The main character is Carol, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed American teenager from a wealthy family with an interest in Egyptology studying in Cairo. When her mentor discovers the tomb of a young pharaoh, a curse is put on the excavation team and Carol. The curse sends her back in time to ancient Egypt, where she becomes embroiled in the affairs of Egypt and other ancient countries such as Assyria and Babylonia. Carol meets Memphis, a handsome young pharaoh whose tomb she excavated in modern times. Despite his headstrong, at first violent nature, they fall deeply in love. This angers Memphis's half-sister, the Priestess Isis, who has longed to marry him. Carol, due to her exotic looks and curious ability to tell the future, becomes a major player in ancient history.
- Carol Reed (キャロル・リード Kyaroru Rīdo?)
- Voiced by Keiko Han / Miyuki Sawashiro
- The heroine of the story—a blonde-haired, blue-eyed American teenager who studies archaeology in Cairo. When she got cursed, she was sent back 3000 years ago and meets the cruel but handsome Pharaoh, Memphis. Due of her vast knowledge of ancient Egyptian history, Carol is able to help Egypt through difficulties and because of that, the people of Egypt hail her as the Daughter of the Nile, Guardian of Egypt. Because of her beauty and intelligence, Carol is constantly surrounded by danger in the ancient world, since people either want to kill her or keep her for themselves.
- Memphis (メンフィス Menfisu?)
- Voiced by Akira Kamiya / Yūki Kaji
- The seventeen-year-old pharaoh of the ancient Egypt 3000 years ago. At first, Memphis is shown as a cruel and spoiled Pharaoh, but later, we see his softer side as he develops feelings towards Carol. His name is based on the ancient capital of the Egyptian Empire, Memphis.
- Isis (アイシス Aishisu?)
- Voiced by Kazuko Sugiyama / Romi Park
- The princess and High Priestess of ancient Egypt (she rules Lower Egypt) and elder sister of Memphis. She is madly in love with her brother and wants to kill Carol to take her place as Egyptian Queen (by her brother's side), believing that she will make Egypt stronger and more prosperous. Isis hides her cruelty and hatred of Carol behind her beauty and is always plotting to kill Carol in numerous ways. Her name is based on the Egyptian goddess Isis.
- Ryan Reed (ライアン・リード Raian Rīdo?): eldest brother of Carol. He cares about her more than anything. Ryan is depicted as a clever young man and he manages his father's company after his death.
- Rody Reed (ロディー・リード Rodī Rīdo?): second eldest brother of Carol.
- President Reed (リード社長 Rīdo-shachō?): father of Carol. He died from being bitten by a cobra controlled by Isis, because he broke into the Royal Grave.
- Mrs. Reed (リード Mrs. Rīdo?): mother of Carol. She loves her much and always has her best interests at heart.
- Maria (マリア Maria?): the old joyful nanny of Carol.
- Professor Brown (ブラウン教授 Buraun-kyōju?): grandfather of Jimmy Brown, he wants to take Carol as his granddaughter-in-law. A brilliant archaeologist who found the tomb of Memphis with Carol and her friends.
- Jimmy Brown (ジミー・ブラウン Jimī Buraun?): A childhood friend of Carol. He is in love with her and wants to marry her.
- Nefermaat (ネフェルマアト Neferumaato?): the deceased father of Memphis and Isis. He was named after the historical Nefermaat.
- Thali (タヒリ Tahiri?): the second wife of king Nefermaat, formerly a princess of Nubia.
- Imhotep (イムホテップ Imuhoteppu?): the prime minister of Egypt with a bright and calm personality. He was named after Imhotep.
- Minue (ミヌーエ Minūe?): a general of Egypt, he is loyal to Memphis and in love with Isis.
- Naptera (ナフテラ Nafutera?): a female official. She is the mother of Minue.
- Unas (ウナス Unasu?): personal guard of Memphis and later Carol. Born into slavery, young Memphis took him into his service on a whim while the prince was still a little boy rampaging outside of imperial palace.
- Ruka (ルカ Ruka?): a loyal servant of Prince Ismir who is sent- undercover- to Egypt to protect Carol, and to bring Carol to Ismir whenever possible. He and Carol form a close friendship.
- High Priest Kapta (カプター大神官 Kaputā-Daishinkan?): the philogynist priest of Egypt. He harbors less than pure interest in Carol.
- Teti (テティ Teti?): a loyal confident of queen Carol.
- Hassan (ハサン Hasan?): a young merchant traveling across deserts. He is also a doctor. He used to help his uncle Careb kidnapping Carol from Hittite to Assyria.
- Careb (カレブ Karebu?): an old greedy merchant.
- Ari (アリ Ari?): confident of princess Isis.
- Nebamen (ネバメン Nebamen?): the imposter prince of Egypt. He was Nemen (ネメン Nemen?), a prisoner under sentence of death. Using the items of a secret grave of a daughter of King Nefermaat in the desert, he counterfeits the evidence to become a royalty.
- Berto (ベルト Beruto?): the former jailmate of Nebamen.
- Mekmek (メクメク Mekumeku?): an ambitious woman who was sent to the Egypt palace by Kapta as a palace maid.
- King of the Hittites (ヒッタイト王 Hittaito-Ō?): a cruel king. He is philogynist.
- Queen of the Hittites (ヒッタイト王妃 Hittaito-Ōhi?): Ismir and Mitamun's mother.
- Ismir (イズミル Izumiru?)
- Voiced by Kaneto Shiozawa / Takahiro Sakurai
- The young, handsome crown prince of the Hittites (Turkey in present days). He distinguishes himself in the story as a valiant warrior, and at the same time, a wise, intelligent, cunning strategist of the Hittite army. Believing that Memphis killed his beloved younger sister Mitamun, he decides to disguise himself as a Palestinian merchant and secretly enters Egypt. There he falls in love with Carol at first sight. Besides Memphis, probably no one else in the story loves Carol as much as Ismir does.
- Mitamun (ミタムン Mitamun?): the younger sister of Ismir.
- Mugla (ムーラ Mūra?): the nanny of prince Ismir. She has a close relationship with the prince and seems to love him as her own son.
- Gidantash (ジダンタシュ Jidantashu?): Ismir's cousin.
- Uria (ウリア Uria?): the princess and younger sister of the King. She is Gidantash's mother.
- Mira (ミラ Mira?): the fiancee of prince Ismir.
- General Hasas (ハザズ将軍 Hazazu-shōgun?): a military leader of the Hittites.
- Algon (アルゴン Arugon?)
- Voiced by Seizō Katō
- The sly emperor of Assyria who is known to use dirty tactics and lowly tricks. He longs for Carol, the Daughter of the Nile river, who was well known for her beauty, intelligence and her position as the future queen of Egypt. Aside from wanting Carol for her beauty and intelligence, he plans to use her to conquer Egypt.
- Jamali (ジャマリ Jamari?): one of Algon's concubines. She travels to Egypt and follows her emperor's order to seduce Memphis.
- Shar (シャル Sharu?): the brother of emperor Algon.
- Ragash (ラガシュ Ragashu?): the emperor of Babylonia. He proposed to Isis and made her his bride with the condition "Kill Carol". Ragashu breaks his promise to Isis and instead of killing Carol, he imprisons her in the Tower of Babel.
- Omri (オムリ Omuri?): the confident of emperor Ragash.
- High Priest Rimusin (リムシン大神官 Rimushin-daishinkan?): an official and the high priest of Babylonia.
- Garuz (ガルズ Garuzu?): the son of high priest Rimusin.
- Minos (ミノス Minosu?): the king of Minoa. He has a weak health before Carol goes to Minoa and makes him heathier. Minos then falls in love with Carol. The name is based on Minos, the king of Crete from Greek Mythology.
- Atlas (アトラス Atorasu?): the prince of Minoa and elder brother of Minos. Because of his strange appearance, his mother hid him in a deep cave of the Empire. She usually visits him and tells him what happens in the Empire. His name and appearance are based on the Greek Titan Atlas and the ox-like creature Minotaurus.
- Queen Dowager (王大后 Ōdaikō?): the mother of king Minos and Atlas. She is also the bright regent who helps her son rule over Minoa.
- Iouktas (ユクタス Yukutasu?): the general of Minoa. A powerful warrior.
- Photia (フォティア Fotia?): daughter of an official. She is one of the royal handmaidens in Minos' palace.
- Morione (モリオネー Morione?): a noble lady from Athens who became a handmaiden to the Minoans.
- Kirke (キルケー Kirukē?): a witch who helps Prince Ismir take princess Carol into his custody. Her name and character is loosely based on Kirke from Greek mythology.
- The Amazones
- Queen of the Amazones (アマゾネスの女王 Amazonesu no Joō?): the beautiful queen of the Amazones. She adores Carol. She kidnaps prince Ismir to save her sister, whose life in turn is saved by Carol.
- Hulia (ヒューリア Hyūria?): sister of the queen.
- King of Libya (リビアの王様 Ribia no Ō?): father of princess Kafra.
- Kafra (カーフラ Kāfura?): the princess of Libya. She fell for Memphis and set many traps to eliminate Carol. She is proud of her dark-skinned and plump-faced beauty.
- Massharhiqhi (マシャリキ Mashariki?): the blue prince of the empire. He was imprisoned by Memphis's soldier and punished heavily by Memphis by mistake.
- Eirene (エレニー Ereni?): the maid serving prince Massharhiqhi.
- Media Kingdom
- Arshama (アルシャマ Arushama?): The King of Media. He hid his true identity to reconnoitre the Egypt palace's situation. He gave Carol a rare Chinese silk.
- Kingdom of Indus
- Sindhu (シンドゥ Shindu?): prince of the Ancient Indus.